Category: Wild camping

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10 More Delicious ‘Real Food’ Backpacking Recipes

In my previous post I featured 10 delicious ‘real food’ backpacking recipes to address the ‘imagination gap’ that many hikers seem to have when it comes to outdoor food.  Why put up with bland packet food or expensive freeze-dried options when you can cook your own tasty and healthy food at a fraction of the price ? Although I had to dig around a … Read More 10 More Delicious ‘Real Food’ Backpacking Recipes

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Shooting stars at the Devil’s Beeftub

“The Devil’s Bathtub, surely ?”, I said. “A tub to keep beef in ?“, my son offered, optimistically. It was while pondering the curious origins** of the dramatic 500-foot hollow in the hills above the small town of Moffat that we pulled up on the roadside.  We found a spot just where the boundaries of South Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders meet: quiet … Read More Shooting stars at the Devil’s Beeftub

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Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett

August should be a time for relaxing summer walking.  It brings warm, dry weather and gives way to high summit camps and long, lazy evenings. I kept reminding myself of this as I drove north through the torrential rain, bouncing off the tarmac, and my wipers on double-speed.  But unfortunately, this summer – in Scotland at least – has been a very disappointing, wet … Read More Sgor Mor – A Chilly Cairngorm Corbett

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10 Delicious ‘Real food’ Backpacking Recipes

. I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of us put little effort into thinking about food when we go backpacking and wild camping.  High on our list of priorities are the route, the gear we’re taking and the logistics of getting from A to B.  Food comes way down the list and tends to grabbed during a supermarket trolley dash for packets … Read More 10 Delicious ‘Real food’ Backpacking Recipes

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A midsummer’s wild camp

  Sometimes a quick trip to the hills doesn’t need much planning: it’s just a case of deciding where to go, packing some essentials and taking off.  A ‘microadventure’ accurately describes a quick outing like this.  It’s just enough to help restore balance, just enough to get a ‘fix’ of the outdoors, and all with the minimum of advance planning. “At last“, I hear … Read More A midsummer’s wild camp

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Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes

  One of the great joys of owing a campervan or motorhome is being self-sufficient, able to park up and stay overnight away from the crowds.  People often talk of ‘wild camping’ – camping for free and away from a formal, managed campsite.  But what does the law in Scotland actually say about this ?  What exactly is allowed ? There’s widespread misinformation and … Read More Wild camping in Scotland – Camper vans and motorhomes

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Photo essay – Wild autumn weather in Glen Etive

    It was one of those days when the words simply weren’t sufficient to describe what I could see with my eyes.   Dark, brooding clouds hung heavily over the mountains yet in spite of the poor light, the damp conditions only served to emphasise the vividness of the Autumnal colours.  I don’t know how many different shades of browns, russets, greens, oranges … Read More Photo essay – Wild autumn weather in Glen Etive

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14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

When I added “Go on a kayak/camping trip” to my 14 for 2014 at the start of the year I had no idea how I was going to achieve it.  It just sounded like a great adventure: pack a tent, a stove and some food, then paddle across some water to wild camp on an island. I’d done something similar a few years ago … Read More 14 for 2014 #10 – Go on a kayak/camping trip

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50 Outdoor Activities to Engage your Kids in the Summer Holidays

  Remember that BBC TV programme from your youth, Why don’t you ?  Or to give it its full name, Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out and Do Something Less Boring Instead ?  As the summer holidays are almost upon us, the perennial challenge is to find enough activities to keep kids occupied over seven whole weeks (or … Read More 50 Outdoor Activities to Engage your Kids in the Summer Holidays

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14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

  Wild camping up high can’t be beaten, particularly if you have clear weather and views.  I’d never purposefully climbed a mountain simply to see the sunrise and so it seemed appropriate to add it to my 14 for 2014. Five of us headed up Ben Ledi, one of our local hills – my nephew and his girlfriend, my son and my wife on June … Read More 14 for 2014 #5 – Wild camp and watch the sun rise on Midsummer’s Day from a mountain top

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Planning my 14 for 2014

As the evenings get lighter after a dark and particularly wet Winter I’ve started to plan how I’m going to achieve my 14 for 2014.  Here’s an update on where I’m up to – and also some requests for suggestions and tips you might have for me. If you haven’t figured this out by now, I’m a planner.  (Not only do I love to plan things … Read More Planning my 14 for 2014

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Time for some Stealth Camping

Not much beats stealth camping.  Variously called wild camping or even ‘gramping’ (guerilla camping), stealth camping involves a quick and surruptitious overnight stay with quick exit the next morning – with the minimum of disturbance. At this time of year the weather can be mixed and on top of busy lives, full weekends away don’t always work out.  What better then that an impromptu overnighter ?  … Read More Time for some Stealth Camping